Funding. It’s nice this week not have to be focusing so much on funding issues though I am always conscious that I really need you to be keeping in touch with me if you have any concerns about school fees. Even more concerning would be for anyone to be making decisions about leaving St. Paul’s or not coming in the first place due to concerns about fees. Please contact me and we can work things through. As our Director Peter Hamill has said many times, no one is to be denied enrollment due to fee issues. Please be assured of our support for our community.
Support. The remarkable thing about the past few weeks has been the insights we have gained into what is valued about the college by our community and what those who are considering us as an educational choice for their son identify as defining differences. Such things as the holistic education the boys receive, the focus on the faith life of young men, a developing social justice program placing others at the centre of their lives. With improving educational standards including a strong focus on literacy, numeracy and modern learning skills supported by technology, a focus on the well-being of each boy through a structured pastoral care program supported by Year Coordinators, Counselors and PC teachers which coalesce into producing fine young men who are ready to face the world with confidence and the ability to make a real difference.
We are very grateful for the support shown to the college through this time and thank you for the encouragement this has provided.
Feast of St Paul. This Friday we celebrate the feast day of St. Paul on the Feast of St. Peter and St.Paul.
“Peter and Paul are heroes who belong not only to the early Church but to the entire history of Christianity. Their pastoral leadership, their missionary zeal, their doctrinal contributions and their heroic examples—all have come down to us as the foundational principles of Christian life and will ever remain so. Both of them have played the most vital role in shaping the Christian Church to be what it is….Paul, a persecutor of Christians, was made the greatest preacher of Christianity after his encounter with Christ on the way to Damascus. He was so convinced of his call and mission that nothing could separate him from the love of Christ.” (God’s Word Daily Reflections 2017, St Paul’s Press)
Paul is the patron saint of our college, chosen by Br. Bourke 87 years ago as a robust example to the young men of this college. He endures today as a man who was famous for his courage, clear on his convictions and prepared to stand up for them. He went out into the world and made a real difference, establishing communities of welcome and hospitality centred on the story of Jesus.
Paul did not lack for difficulties or travail, all of which he bore out of love for Christ. But all the effort he expended and all the success he achieved never led to glory for himself.
He was a powerful and erudite communicator to those communities through his letters or epistles. These became part of the Canon of the Church. Jesus Christ is the center and foundation of Paul’s writing and preaching.His legacy is incredibly influential. The feast encourages us to reflect more deeply on the theological and spiritual legacy St. Paul left to the Church through his vast effort to spread the faith.
His life is a model to us of how to live life to the full, to not compromise what you stand for. His own form of excellence he called perfection which was gained through a life guided by Jesus but importantly in community. Hence we celebrate his example as community. As we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Paul, let’s reflect on what lies at the heart of his legacy to us today.